Make Art.

First things first, this Sunday is Mother’s Day! We didn’t want to inundate you with another themed gift guide, especially when all our mom’s really want is for this pandemic to pass and for us to be able to give them a big unmasked hug. But just in case you wanted to send her a little reminder you love her, we included a few ideas herehere, and here.

Also happening this week, the planetary nodes are changing signs and we are entering into a new cycle that emphasizes adventure. For us, this marks the perfect time to start a creative pursuit. We have been meaning to add an artistic outlet to our routines since quarantine started, but excuses seem to always get in the way. No more! We wrangled together a few easy ways to get creative every day from home. Say hi to your mom for us!

  • Flower Power: Since we haven’t been spending a lot of time in nature lately, we decided it’s time to bring the outside indoors by creating floral arrangements. To collect our materials, we have been doing a combination of urban foraging (gathering what we pass on our daily walks) and buying stems from the grocery store. We then turn to Instagram accounts like this one and this one for some inspiration to create our designs (You can peep one of our creations here). However, we think it could be time to improve our techniques and are very excited about Nicole Land’s monthly tutorials.

  • #DrawTogether: You have most likely seen Wendy Macnaughton’s illustrations, especially if you ever read the The New York Times or picked up a copy of Samin Nosrat’s best-selling book Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat. Needless to say, she is incredibly talented, and now she is sharing her tips and tricks. Three weeks ago, the famed artist began hosting 30-minute #drawtogether classes every day on her Instagram account. She has covered how to sketch everything from dogs to sandcastles on the beach. Yes, the content is intended for a younger audience, say under 12 years old, but we appreciate her approachable lessons and her occasional spontaneous dance routines.

  • And… Scene: If stage fright was keeping you from pursuing the spotlight, acting schools are now offering online classes so you can become Meryl Streep without leaving your couch. Famed Los Angeles school, The Michelle Danner Acting Studio, is one place to consider, with courses for those who want to pursue a career in the industry and those who just want gain some skills. While don’t expect to see us on the next episode of Westworld, we are intrigued by this class that uncovers the meaning behind anxiety.

  • Illustrate Your Day: Why not add some visuals to your pandemic journaling? Transforming your words into a comic can break up the monotony of writing every day and help further communicate your experiences, feelings, stories, etc. (Check out Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel for some inspiration.) The best part is you don’t have to be an artistic goddess to do it either–there is an abundance of online and offline resources available to guide your sequential artwork creation. We are into this book by University of Wisconsin-Madison professor Lynda Barry that replicates the curriculum she uses to convince students who think they can’t draw that they can.